Apple Tablet: Filled With Books, Newspapers, Textbooks?

Posted: Sep 30 2009, 10:01am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 4:32pm CDT, in Apple


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Technically what we have today aren't really new iTablet rumors. Gizmodo has information that Apple has been shopping around the old media haunts for content deals. Now that they've conquered music, movie, and TV downloads, the next logical step is print.

Apparently Apple approached the New York Times back in June. They wanted to talk with the paper about putting their stories on a "new device", presumably the iTablet. Apple also talked with McGraw Hill and Oberlin Press, two major textbook manufacturers, and convinced them to move textbooks over to iTunes. Once Apple is ready, they'll start selling iTunes textbooks at a substantial discount. Unfortunately, these books will be DRM filled to prevent resale.

In addition, Gizmodo claims that Apple has been courting "several executives" from a major magazine group. The executives were asked to put together mock-ups of interactive magazines, which they provided.

None of this information conclusively proves anything, save for the fact that Apple is showing some interest in print media. The iTablet is one plausible explanation for this, but we could also chalk it up to Cupertino wanting to expand iTunes once more. There is a market for computerized versions of magazines, textbooks, or newspapers, even without an Apple tablet.

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